Who, what, and where is Gat Creek?

Is the question, who is Gat Creek, where is Gat Creek, or what is Gat Creek?

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Who is Gat Creek?

The name behind Gat Creek is Gaston Caperton, Gat to his family and friends.

Where is Gat Creek?

Gat’s story is that growing up in West Virginia, he and his family lived in home in a forested valley surrounded by mountains. Like most kids, Gat and his brother spent their days playing along a nearby creek that wound its way through the valley. Being a year older and bigger and taller than his brother, Gat saw the creek first and proclaimed it his by way of conquest. Gat’s brother protested to his parents, who gave into the fatigue of chasing two boys under the age of five, finally relenting in Gat’s favor,

“Okay, it’s Gat’s Creek.”

The name stuck and now appears on maps, along with a road of the same name.

What is Gat Creek?

Almost 30 years later, Gat Caperton fell in love with a local furniture company in Berkley Springs that built antique reproductions using local craftsmen and women as well as Mennonites and Amish workers from Pennsylvania and Ohio. The company was Tom Seely.

Gat was interested both because it was a local West Virginia company and because Gat was in love with the idea of designing furniture. A background in business and finance helped seal the deal.

“I am fascinated by people who buy troubled businesses, then fix them and make them profitable,” Gat would later say.

He bought the company and eventually gave it the name it now proudly carries. Twenty years later, Gat Creek is still American made, using solid wood cherry, maple, and ash. And now sells through a network of 200 national retailers from coast to coast.

One of these retailers is Tradition Home. We are proud to say that we were the first Tom Seely and Gat Creek retailer west of the Mississippi, having earned our spurs working with May and Bud Ledtke at Village Antiques in Vienna, Virginia.

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It is interesting to say that during World War II, Tom Seely served with the Flying Tigers in Kunming, China; and Bud Ledtke was a B-17 pilot with the Eighth Air Force flying out of England, where he met his future wife, May, who work alongside General Curtis LeMay.

Gat Caperton is named for his father Gaston Caperton, two time governor of the state of West Virginia. The unusual last name traces its origins back to Lincolnshire, England and before that to the bailiwick of Caux in Normandy, France. It is said that the Caperton family was descended from Le Cappere of Ayncourt (Aincourt), and was granted lands by William the Conqueror, their liege Lord, for their prowess at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

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The Parsons table

Guess who is coming to dinner?

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the Parsons table by Nichols & Stone

 

When Geoffrey Chaucer’s Host turns to the Parson in the Canterbury Tales and says, you’re last to tell your story, the Parson answers right away:

“You won’t get any fable told by me …
And such wretchedness.
… Trust me well, I am a Southern man:
Romances I can’t tell, no ‘rum, ram, ruff,’
And rhyme, I hold, is hardly better stuff.
So if you please–I won’t gloss words, God knows–
I’ll tell for you a merry tale in prose
To knit up this whole fest, make end of it.
And Jesus, by his grace, send me the wit
To show you, while on this trip we engage,
The way of that most glorious pilgrimage
Called heavenly Jerusalem. …
Ahead now with my tale, for which I pray
For your assent. No better can I say.”

For any guest, the Parsons dining table sets the stage for the telling of a tale. Choose  a black stone or white stone or solid cherry top. For a comfortable seat, add Nichols & Stone’s Carmel upholstered chairs and as a server, the Wellfleet sideboard.
It is an evening of conversation that stretches long into the night. Why not be comfortable and relaxed and may good fortune you befall.

 

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An extraordinary dinner

Is your dining experienced ordinary or extraordinary?

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Stickley Modern Cherry double pedestal table (91-2053-2lvs)

 
The family gathers round the dinner table at meal time. I talk about a bad day at the office, mother does too, Billy says he forgot his homework and got in a fight, and Susy heard her best friend was talking about her at school.

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Stickley Modern boat-shaped table

Drama, that is what dining is, a Freudian session where we work out the day’s dilemmas and find common ground. Get it out, talk it over, and somehow things don’t seem as bad as they once did. And the weekend is always a day or two away. Let’s talk instead about Leonardo DiCaprio getting best actor when the bear was the better actor. Two and a half minutes of the bear doing all the mauling and Leonardo looking like a rag doll and saying “Argh” and “Arrr.” Who said the Oscars were fair?

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Stickley Modern oval table

There is nothing ordinary about a Stickley modern dining table. Begin with the fact that it is made of beautiful black cherry that comes from a North American forest. Consider that Stickley’s environmentally conscious philosophy creates more cherry trees for future generations than the past. Take the style of the double pedestal cherry table with silkscreen accents that spans an impressive 74 inches and extends to 106 inches.
“Extraordinary,” you say, and I say, “Doubly so,” since this double pedestal table has a hand-rubbed finish and comes in a choice of finishes from natural cherry to dark.

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Like the movies, no forests are hurt

 

Think it over and you will come to the same conclusion. Stickley makes the very best dining room tables in America. Stickley’s Modern Collection includes not only the stunningly beautiful double pedestal table, but also an oval style, a rectangular table, and a boat-shaped dining table.
Stickley – something to talk about, Stickley – always extraordinary.